ARMY & NAVY: The Life at Riley

The kid from Wisconsin was like thousands of other U. S. teen-agers who had been snatched into the Army just as the war was ending. While the rest of the U. S. was scrambling for the delights of peace, he was still in uniform, sweating out the end of his hitch, forgotten by everyone but his own family. At Fort Riley, Kansas, TIME Correspondent James Bell spent a day with Corporal Gordon Monson, a big, pink-cheeked 19-year-old from tiny Hoimen, Wis. Correspondent Bell's report:

It was dark outside and a prairie wind was...

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